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Well, guys. It's been forever. Ten weeks is a small eternity in Internet Time, yes? Somehow I... just fell out of the habit, I dunno. Long stories, longer trails of thought and consequence stemming off from those. But eventually I felt I needed to fight past the waves of guilt-over-not-posting I felt every time I logged into LJ (yes, I've been reading my flist daily) and actually say something. This's happened before, but I do care about LJ, and this time I don't plan to let the guilt win completely.

Odd that what prompted this was an ending. Not too long ago, I was having a chat with Nall, and he mentioned he'd been playing Kirby Super Star on the original SNES. Since we only have one copy in the house, I knew he'd used mine. We talked about 100% saves for a moment, and I told him I had one... he said he didn't see it.

It's the first time one of my carts has ever lost a save through age, though I knew ten years ago that such things happened. Somehow, my saves never died. Year after year, they mysteriously evaded this supposedly inevitable entropy. Like teenagers who think themselves immortal after cheating death, I never really imagined the data would be lost.

I can make that save again; probably a hundred times over, now. Computers, meanwhile, will preserve these games, and their saves, in a much more durable format; emulate and you need never lose your games. But there's something wistful, something poignantly end-of-an-era-ish, about knowing that this generation of cartridges is crumbling into obsolescence. Touching, like watching yesterday's newspapers rot away; only you had more emotional investment in those years of games than you ever had in the fleeting, gossipy headlines.

I sort of wanted to observe that.

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bossgoji
Aug. 22nd, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
appropriate icon is appropriate
Oh man, Super Star. That was a cornerstone of my childhood. I spent WEEKS trying to get every treasure in Great Cave Offensive, and I played Meta Knight's Revenge so many times I kept wondering when he'd run out of Halberds.

Missed you, hon. <3
eclective
Aug. 22nd, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
not as appropriate, but the kirby one is multifandom really
I spent WEEKS trying to get every treasure in Great Cave Offensive

Yes. The thing that kept me from 100%ing for so long? Was ONE TREASURE in that darn thing. Nall did the same thing. =P

Sorry I haven't been around. I've been watching, at least, even if I haven't really known what to say. I've been thinking of you. <3
bossgoji
Aug. 22nd, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: not as appropriate, but the kirby one is multifandom really
Was it that one in the area where the wind blew you away from the opening? That was mine.

I'd still like to get back into IM conversations with you, they were always a real high-point. But I understand if the social guilt stuff kinda sideswipes it, that happens to me too.
eclective
Aug. 23rd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Re: not as appropriate, but the kirby one is multifandom really
It's been so bloody long I don't remember. XD Nall said something about falling through a really easily missed false floor, and I think that was mine.


I tend to do IM only when I know someone specifically wants to talk, so I totally can, I just don't tend to pop up spontaneously. I'm really glad to know they were a good thing for you despite most of our convos being at a time when I was ARGH FAIL ANGSTMUFFIN, though.

I may not be around the computer too much tonight or this weekend, but I'll very likely have some online tiemz Monday. I'll try and catch you then? If not, I have the rest of the week.
5tone
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
If you feel like getting crazy, I think they're re-releasing the game on DS soon-ish.
lucentai
Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
You mean making people pay $30 US for a 12 year old game (w/ a few new subgames) instead of releasing it for 1/4 that price on Virtual Console lol lol

Seriously, though, what weird coincidental timing, huh?
luinied
Aug. 23rd, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Aw, I wonder how the save files on my old cartridges have held up. In any case, I understand this being an event you'd want to observe.
lucentai
Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
I hear game batteries are supposed to last longer if you play them regularly! I'm sure many of my NES and SNES carts have been vaporized by now! (Though last time I checked years ago, my Zelda 1 and Secret of Mana only lost one file each!)
mousse9
Aug. 23rd, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
I wonder if my Zelda 1 and 2 cartridges still have their savefiles. Last time I checked (years ago), they still had them...
llieno
Aug. 23rd, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
You lot have been very quiet, even whilst I've been offline for the past two weeks. Didn't I plan to visit you lot at one point? Is that still an option?

I had to 100% SS at least twice, as my cousins had the habit of trying to play the games when they went round to my Grandmother's, and they would only put the games half-in so that the data was somehow wiped. I went beserk when I lost my DKC2 save that way.

See them fade away.
eclective
Aug. 23rd, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Still an option, yes! At least during the month of September, most likely. But yes, I have been super-quiet, as post makes mention of; sorry about that. No particular reason, I just... drifted somewhat. Got caught up in other things.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 23rd, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
It's nice to have emulators now; they help you find old games that you can no longer play, no longer have. I use it a lot now, since my SNES no longer works (not from poor care, but from being young and never putting up the wires!).
However, nothing could compare to playing the games on the original console. I would love to be able to play my favourite games on a nice, large television with the SNES hooked up. Though, I'd also love replay on the SNES just to see if any of my old save files still exist! I don't think mine would ever be 100% complete, as I was never a patient gamer at that age, but I remember a glitch in one save slot on Secret of Mana where the main boy turned into a snowman and forever disappeared. It's files like that one that I'd love to load up again.
seika
Aug. 23rd, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
That's really sad. I sort of wonder how my cartridges are. Because I haven't had a working SNES in years, I've been able to blithely assume that they're all fine...
arkofeden
Aug. 24th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
I've been in the same boat as you with the unposting guilt issue (which is why I check into LJ almost every day, but I think I haven't posted in a year now...o_o), but I've been keeping an eye out for you and I'm glad you're not gone for good. :)

Thanks for coming back. ^^

--E.G.
aruru
Aug. 31st, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
I'd tell you not to feel bad for being gone for a while from LJ, but... well, I'm guilty of the same thing (wasn't here since Jan., you can look at the post I made earlier today if you want details), and... yeah, I feel like a real jerk for being gone so long.

So basically... we can be sympathy buddies or something? ^^;;
kumpania
Sep. 27th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
This actually happened to me just last week, when for some reason my copy of Soul Blazer decided to have a hissy fit and wipe all the saves I had. Not that I was actually surprised; I got the cart used and it seems a little sluggish during the first few seconds after start-up, so having the memory wipe was inevitable, I figured.

Luckily, all the games I bought brand-new are still working as fine as they did when I got them.... But then, I try and take better care of my games. x^^;
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